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Grade 2 Language

In Grade 2 Language, our students continue along their path to mastery of English. Building on their learning from Grade 1, they will improve their understanding of grammar, spelling, reading, and writing through the analysis of many different text types and media, such a fairy tales, folk tales, poems, and novels. This course is designed to be 200-300 instructional hours.

Curriculum Information: Language (2006)

Over the next year, the VES team will be working on updating some of our language courses to align with changes to the curriculum released by the Ontario Ministry of Education in June 2023.

Developed by: D2L

Development Date: 2021

Please note that elementary courses do not have prerequisites, and Ontario schools do not issue transcript credits at the elementary level. All courses are available in the facilitated and independent pathways.



Fairy Tales

In the Fairy Tales unit, students will learn about the purposes of reading. They will explore the different parts of a fairy tale and how to speak with the right words and phrases. They will also learn about point of view in media texts and different reading strategies. They will use fairy tales to make inferences and predictions, and then explore proper nouns. Finally, students will brainstorm and organize ideas for a fairy tale, write their own fairy tale, and reflect on their work.

Folk Tales

In the Folk Tales unit, students will use their knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently. They will also make connections and share personal thoughts and feelings after reading a text. They will listen to understand and respond to texts in informal and formal situations. They will use listening comprehension strategies before, during, and after listening to a variety of folk tales from different cultures. They will generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write a folk tale for an intended audience. Finally, students will draft, revise, edit, and proofread a folk tale.


In the Non-Fiction unit, students will read non-fiction texts. They will learn about joining words and points of view in oral texts. They will identify a purpose and audience for a non-fiction text and learn about different text features. They will learn to differentiate between facts and opinions and also expand their vocabulary with new words. They will explore text patterns and how to retell a text. Finally, students will do research and write their own non-fiction text.

Reader’s Theatre

In the Reader’s Theatre unit, students will explore media texts that can be used to share a story. They will learn how to read unfamiliar words and how to identify points of view in texts. They will create a media text for their stories and learn how to retell oral texts. They will also explore how to make inferences and predictions in an oral text and how to use verbs in their work. Finally, students will learn to use voice and vocal skills and strategies to share a story.


In the Poetry unit, students will recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements to demonstrate how they help communicate meaning. They will listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes. Then, they will draft and revise their own poem using a variety of forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the intended purpose and audience. Finally, students will create a media component to add to their poem using different media forms, conventions, and techniques.

Media Texts

In the Media Texts unit, students will learn how to speak properly and how to understand audience responses to a media text. They will explore prepositions and different types of media. They will learn rules and techniques that can be used in media texts. They will also get an opportunity to create their own media text and reflect on their media literacy skills.

Novel Study

In the Novel Study unit, students will read a novel. They will make inferences and predictions about the text and identify various points of view. They will explore different types of sentences and how to use quotation marks in their writing. They will learn different ways to share their thoughts and feelings about what they read and will use active listening strategies to listen to a text. They will learn how to use props and how to speak clearly and smoothly to share their story. Students will also learn to identify the main idea in the novel and reflect on their reading skills.


In the Presentations unit, students will explore different purposes for speaking. They will learn how to use commas and will discover different presentation strategies. They will learn rules and techniques for presentation media texts. They will also create and publish their own presentation and use verbal and non-verbal cues to present. Students will explore ways to read fluently and will reflect on their presentation listening and speaking skills.

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. Students will require the following resources:

  • A scanner, smartphone camera, or similar device to digitize handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A device to record audio
  • A printer
  • A physical binder, folder, or notebook for offline activities
  • Various household items to complete offline activities
  • Storybooks, stickers, headphones, highlighter, dictionary, letter tiles, sand, costumes, glue, scissors, coloured paper, basketball

Through a balance of problem-solving and direct instruction, students develop a strong foundation of language processes, knowledge, and skills to apply in real-world contexts. The course utilizes a combination of technology and offline activities, providing opportunities to develop an understanding of skills and concepts in interactive and concrete ways and engage multiple learning styles. The lessons feature a variety of intriguing storylines, characters, videos, storybooks, and interactive games to reinforce students’ learning. These activities also build a foundation of reading, writing, oral communication, and media literacy that students will use throughout the elementary grades.

The course relies on the assistance of a teacher to support young students through the content. The teacher will be involved in facilitating the course content, and participating in discussion-based activities to assist students in developing communication skills.

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